In 2011 I came up with the idea of putting Weather and the Arts together in an event and see what happens.
What happened was a three-day festival that took place in Reading Town Hall on 3-5 June 2012: the very first Festival of Weather, Art and Music - or WAM for short.
We had all sorts:concerts, talks, art workshops, an art exhibition with specially commissioned artwork, a science fair, Climate Change Question Time, and more. It was so successful we decided to continue developing this idea.
Cross-disciplinary projects that bridge the arts/science divide are nothing new, there are lots of those around. But what is special about WAM is that it seeks to bring the arts together with a specific branch of science, namely meteorology and its attendant disciplines. Weather, this most dynamic and global of phenomena, has always been an inspiration for artists of all stripes. What excites me most about this project is the chance to talk about climate change in a new way, but also the chance to interact and work with the most fascinating people I could ever hope to meet, both on the scientific and the artistic side of the project.
The nicest thing is that it's been deemed a good idea by the meteorological community itself: proof of that is the two awards we've been given, namely the RMetS Michael Hunt Award 2014 and the EMS Outreach and Communication Award 2015.
Click here to go to the WAM Website proper and find out what events we've got going at the moment.